Extraordinary views from the PCH

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

After entering onto the Pacific Coast Highway at Cambria, we had one of the most beautiful rides that God has given men and women to experience.  The beauty of the mountains on the one side and the ocean on the other is just beyond compare.  Many pics follow.

Rhonda and I have decided to discontinue this trip up any further North and return home with only one additional significant stop on the way.  We will stop by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.  Probably take a tour of the manufacturing facility while there.

As we were looking at our other scenic tour locations after the silicon valley area where we are staying tonight, we realized we are just too early in the Spring for all the other locations.  Mt. Shasta in California has the rim roads closed due to snow.  Further up the coast and inland to Yellowstone, we have the same problem.  After checking the weather at most of the locations for the next few days, we see nothing but snow on the mountain roads and very little possibility of better weather in the next week or so. 

So, we are gonna cut the trip short and be thankful we have had such fantastic weather to view what we have seen so far in this journey.  It has truly been a most enjoyable journey and we are more than happy to have had the company from so many visits by friends and family along the way.  And, I speak of those who have visited our blog and viewed and made comments.  We very much appreciate you joining us on this trip of a lifetime.  This nation we live in is truly magnificent.

Hope you enjoy the pics of the PCH.  We certainly enjoyed being able to see this magnificence for ourselves, and hope you can gain some enjoyment from the pictures.

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The internet connection has slowed to a crawl, so uploading the pics will have to wait until tomorrow.
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Capwhan on

I am saddened to learn you are going home without seeing one of the greatest bridges in the country. Not to mention San Francisco. It's not too far from where you are now and in my humble opinion you should go on to San Fran. You won't be sorry for doing this.

Mary Brotherton on

Since you are so close to San Francisco it would be a shame to miss the Golden Gate Bridge - not only because it is so beautiful but because it is so famous.

So sorry you are going to miss Oregon and Washington. It is already turning green here, and the view of the mountains is fantastic even from the freeway. We have our own mini Grand Canyon - the windsurfing capital of the world - and complete with waterfalls.

Washington has its own beautiful mountains, one of which is the famous Mt. St. Helens that blew in 1980 (you can see it from the freeway). The trip (via ferry) to the San Juan Islands is a great way to spend a day - it's beautiful up there and the ferry ride is an experience in itself.

I've read your blog every day and have really enjoyed the trip. The pictures are great, and you did an amazing job of cramming a whole day into a couple of paragraphs. I hope the journey east is as good as it was coming west.

thepaynes2014 on

John thanks for the comment, however, us country folks have a sincere reluctance towards city driving. And, out here in California, the driving ain't fun.

Mary, thanks for the comment. Rhonda and I have shared enough views to last the rest of our lives. The trip has been a real joy and we will genuinely relish the memories for the rest of our days. And, we are getting tired. We are now at 4500+ miles driven into the trip and will travel another 3000 or so getting home from here. I will be ready to pull a Rip Van Winkle when we get home. Staying in hotels every night for almost three weeks, with probably close to another weeks worth getting home, and listening to the sounds from neighbors left, right and above..........is NOT a happy time. The days have been wonderful, the nights not so much.

Rhonda on

Yes, sleeping has been a challenge at times. But, the scenery has been extraordinary. We just left home a little too soon and I'll really miss seeing Yellowstone. Where we live, we rarely hear anyone else which has spoiled us more than I realized. But, I'm still game for Hawaii and looking forward to a week at the beach with the kids and grandkids!

thepaynes2014 on

Yea, a week at the beach with the kids and grandkids will be wonderful. Gotta look forward to that, too.

Karla on

It is a shame you have to cut your trip short. Little did you know it was the coldest winter/spring in years, and right in the middle of the worst 'global warming' debate since Big Al made the whole thing up! But you have had a great trip so far and shared some great stories and photos!

thepaynes2014 on

Karla, we have no regrets for cutting the tour short. We have seen some of the most amazing views this country has to offer. If we never see the extraordinary beauty of the Northern states, we will have missed only a portion that we have not seen before, thus not really missed. After all, we can only miss something that we previously had. haha. Thanks to you and Bill for following along and adding your comments.

Cristy on

Steve and I absolutely LOVED California for its true beauty. However, I could never live there due to the crazy driving. They were driving over 100 miles per hour. Steve needed to rest so he asked me to drive from Hollywood back to San Diego and I got so nervous, my hands were sweating and my heart was racing and someone was riding my but because I was too scared to drive that fast. I had to get off the interstate and make Steve drive back. It is so beautiful there, like paradise, but I just could not live there because of the traffic and driving. HA HA!

thepaynes2014 on

Cristy, you are absolutely right. The state is beautiful, but the method to the madness is really scary. Even your crazy driving Dad had problems with the craziness.

thepaynes2014 on

Yes, Cristy. It's definitely challenging. I can do 98 on the open road, but NOT heavy traffic! LOL

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